Over the years I’ve learned a great deal about weddings and the type of photographs couples now want to see. Funnily enough, some of the photographs they’re most excited about seeing when they receive their personalised memory stick are not those of themselves, but of the small details they planned together for months.
That’s why modern wedding photography is not just about capturing those essential shots—from the exchange of rings and that first kiss to the cutting of the cake and first dance—it’s also about telling the story of the day through the little, and previously ignored details.
We all know that those earrings the bridesmaids are wearing and the cufflinks the best man has on show weren’t chosen last minute. They each have their own element of significance. Take the seating plan and the favours on each table; they’re both two very real representations of your special day. Capturing these little details is important to me because I want you to be able to get a real feel for the day and how it unfolded when you look back at your wedding album in years to come. After attending weddings as a guest and as a wedding photographer it’s definitely easy to understand that you as the bride and groom miss out on appreciating the fine details that you’ve designed and created. That’s why I make it my duty to spend time looking around the room, church or reception venue documenting these small symbolic subjects, allowing you relax and enjoy the occasion knowing you’ll get chance to see the smaller details in just a few weeks’ time.
So what are some of the usual intricate details?
It could be a close up of you holding the bridal bouquet and showing a glimpse of your freshly painted nails, to the groom’s keep sake lucky charm, these images reveal the effort you have made to make this day extra special. I want you to remember the typography you chose for the name place cards and the special character behind each table’s centrepiece. Moving onto some items I definitely don’t want to miss, we all know choosing the perfect wedding dress can be a difficult task, it’s not often you find ‘the one’ after a single trip to your nearest wedding dress outlet. The embroidery and gems alone could take weeks if not months to decide so snapping these is pretty high on my photography ‘shot list’. Myself and my partner Kim have you covered all the way, whilst I’m capturing the ‘getting ready shots’, she’s busy documenting these very fine details. It’s very much a team effort.
One of the biggest challenges a couple faces is choosing the cake. It’s an immensely important ingredient of your wedding day – excuse the pun – so no matter how simple or extravagant it is, I’ll capture the details when the lighting is perfect. This one’s always worth documenting before it’s been sliced and transformed into a small pile of crumbs, usually within the space of 15 minutes.
I beleive your wedding photographs should tell a detailed story of your special day that you can relive whenever you choose. If you’re planning your wedding and have visited my page in search of a photographer, I’d be happy to answer any of your questions, whether it be for advice, making a booking or learning more about my services.
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